Penn State vs. Saint John's
April 14, 2007
The Game Story:
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; April 14, 2007 – The Penn State Nittany Lion lacrosse team got off to a fast start against visiting St. John’s and rode a strong first period to a 9-5 ECAC Lacrosse League win over the Red Storm. Penn State outscored SJU 3-0 in the opening stanza and never trailed in the game. Senior Brian Boyle (Derry, N.H.) had a goal and two assists to lead the Nittany Lions

Boyle put Penn State on the board first with an unassisted goal at the 7:06 mark after each team played an even five minutes to start the game. The Nittany Lions upped that lead to 2-0 when Rob Forster (Jenkintown, Pa.) took an assist from Brian Shea (Gaithersburg, Md.) at the 4:51 mark. After St. John’s effectively killed a 1:00 penalty, Gil Pearsall (Carthage, N.Y.) gave Penn State a 3-0 lead with an unassisted even-up goal with just 0:48 left in the opening stanza.

St. John’s cut into the Penn State lead early in the second period when Justin O’Donnell took an assist from Tom Michaelsen at the 10:29 mark to cut the Nittany Lion lead to 3-1. The Red Storm inched closer with a man-up goal at the 5:22 mark. Trevor Michaelson scored with an assist from his brother, Tom. The familial goal made the score 3-2 in favor of Penn State.

Junior Andrew Mackrides (Newtown Square, Pa.) helped stem the Red Storm tide with an unassisted goal at the 4:27 mark. Mackrides raced the length of the field on a clear and bounced the ball past Red Storm goalie Dave Saccente to put Penn State up 4-2. Forster scored off an assist from Brian Boyle (Derry, N.H.) shortly thereafter, putting Penn State back up by three with 3:43 left in the first half. But St. John’s would not trail by three at the break as Matt Viscusi scored as the second period clock expired to send the game into the halftime break with Penn State holding a 5-3 lead.

St. John’s got within one goal quickly in the third period Graeme Gillespie took a Tom Manes assist and scored just 0:55 into the third period, cutting the Penn State lead to 5-4. Both defenses stiffened over the next ten minutes. But Penn State finished off a long possession with an unassisted goal from Pearsall with 4:50 left in the third period. The goal put Penn State up 6-4 with under five minutes to play in the third quarter. Gillespie and Manes connected once again, however, with a goal at the 1:10 mark to cut Penn State’s lead to 6-5. The Nittany Lions, however, carried a 7-5 lead into the final quarter as Max VanArsdale (Rochester, N.Y.) took an assist from Boyle with just 0:01 left in the third quarter.

Leading by two to start the final quarter, Pat Heim (Wayne, Pa.) gave Penn State a larger cushion with an unassisted goal at the 13:10 mark, putting Penn State up 8-5. Bubba Scott (Rockville, Md.) helped ice the game with an unassisted goal with just 4:14 to play, giving the Nittany Lions a 9-5 lead with less than five minutes to play in the game. The Nittany Lions would maintain offensive possession for most of the final minutes and grabbed an impressive 9-5 win.

Penn State out shot St. John’s 41-32, including a 21-19 edge in shots on goal. Nittany Lion goalie Drew Adams (Springfield, Pa.) continued his stellar play in the net, collecting 14 saves to Dave Saccente’s 12.

Penn State is now 4-5 on the year, 3-2 in the ECAC. St. John’s falls to 4-7, 1-4 in the league. The Nittany Lions will visit No. 12 Bucknell on Tuesday night for a 7:30 p.m. game.